Classic Prius Replacement 12-Volt Battery
Received the battery yesterday, but vent tubing arrived separately, today.
The Prius adapter kit contained a negative ground cable, a positive terminal that accepts the fuse block, and vent tubing. The parts look like they would cost about $6-8 at WalMart, if they were commonly available. However, the extra money was worth it to me to avoid the quest for off-the-shelf parts that would require customizing.
The installation was simple and only took about 15 minutes.
While not especially a great bargain, the battery is as advertised, the price is fair and all the parts fit. This sure beats the Toyota dealer. If I had let them work on the car last Saturday, I would have been down $92.50 for diagnostics BEFORE I ended up paying a couple of hundred dollars for the battery.
While all screens returned to normal the first time I started the car with the new battery, the check engine light was on, initially. However, after letting the ICE run a minute or two and shutting down, the check engine light was gone when the car was restarted. I hadn't realized before, but the headlights and dome light had been really dim for several weeks and now they were bright again.
In summary, I ordered the battery and kit on Monday, and they were shipped free via UPS Ground the same day. The battery arrived on Wednesday, and the vent tubing arrived today (Thursday) via USPS. (A phone call on Tuesday said that the tubing was accidently omitted and was being mailed separately.)
As far as I am concerned, this is about the only viable option to the Toyota dealer, and I didn't have to leave my car there over the weekend. Also, I saved enough money to cover my fuel expenses for the next four months. So, I guess this was a bargain.
By the way, after I got the old battery out, it had a shorted cell and was only putting out 10.5 volts. So, the computer was running under brown-out conditions. I'm really glad this wasn't more serious, and that it happened so close to home. Considering I had to order the battery over the Internet, it is unlikely we would have found a replacement so quickly in Blythe or 29 Palms on our frequent trips to San Francisco. If I had noticed early symptoms a month or so ago, we could have replaced the battery before ruining this past weekend.